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Athletics at the 1968 Summer Olympics – Men's 400 metres hurdles

Men's 400 metres hurdles
at the Games of the XIX Olympiad
Venue Estadio Olímpico Universitario
Date October 13–15
Competitors 30 from 24 nations
Winning time 48.1 WR
Medalists
Gold medal    Great Britain
Silver medal    West Germany
Bronze medal    Great Britain
Athletics at the
1968 Summer Olympics
Track events
100 m   men   women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m men women
1500 m men
5000 m men
10,000 m men
80 m hurdles women
110 m hurdles men
400 m hurdles men
3000 m
steeplechase
men
4×100 m relay men women
4×400 m relay men
Road events
Marathon men
20 km walk men
50 km walk men
Field events
Long jump men women
Triple jump men
High jump men women
Pole vault men
Shot put men women
Discus throw men women
Javelin throw men women
Hammer throw men
Combined events
Pentathlon women
Decathlon men

The Men's 400 metres hurdles competition at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Mexico took place on October 13–15 at the Estadio Olímpico Universitario.

Competition format

The men's 400m hurdles competition started with four heats, where the four fastest runners from each race qualified to one of the two semifinals groups. The top four competitors from each semifinals group advanced to the final.

Records

Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  Geoff Vanderstock (USA) 48.8 Echo Summit, United States September 11, 1968
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